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of american expertise with regard to nuclear energy that's being called upon to help in japan. tonight we've learned of another american resource that's being looked into, the super soaker, the converted 747 used to drop huge amounts of water on wildfires. we talked with the company that runs it tonight and they say they're in talks with what role they could play. they likely wouldn't be used to put out fires at the plants, but might play a role in dealing with the radiation. they promise more information tomorrow. >> thank you, gavin. let's check in now with jeff ranieri checking the weather patterns and what that impact may be with us, especially now that we're talking so much about radiation concerns. >> as that radiation continues to get emitted into the atmosphere, we see weather systems over japan keeping this suppressed to the surface, as we head toward the next 48 hours, we're going to see a shift in the atmosphere that's going to allow some of the radiation to go into the higher levels, something to keep in mind here in california, that radiation will weaken quite a bit over a 59
with keep our dear friend in japan in your thoughts and prayers. that is the u.s. military in hawaii. we work closely with them on a number of stories. they put those thoughts and prayers out to close allies in japan, you can guarantee a plan is being put in place to help with search and rescue and support of any type. the good news is all of our elements, installations and men and women are accounted for in japan, which means they can go forward and be very aggressive in helping our allies as they deal with this horrible tragedy. god forbid they have to help us too depending on what happens in hawaii or the west coast in the u.s. >> it is a minute past the top of the hour, probably time to update folks who are tuning in. a powerful tsunami spawned by the largest earthquake in japan's recorded history slammed the eastern coast of japan sweeping away cars, homes and people. widespread fires are burning along the coastline. there's a report that at least 17 or dead, but surely that number will go up and it will go up considerably, shaourg into the hundreds. the magnitude 8.9 quake was foll
waves, resulting from the 8.9 earthquake in japan. we're also told a great -- the great highway in san francisco has reopened and muni service has been restored. all right. we'll be back in 30 minutes, at:00. see you then. at 6:00. see you then. th s. a record earthquake in japan triggers a mammoth tsunami that washes away everything in its path. hundreds are dead. the search for victims, just beginning. i'm katie couric. extensive coverage to want of the disaster in japan. and the tsunami that spread across the pacific to the u.s. reaching the west coast. japan declares a state of emergency at a nuclear plant as radiation levels surge. the area around it is evacuated. and the ring of fire. why this area of the pacific is so vulnerable to earthquakes. captioning sponsored by cbs from cbs news world headquarters in new york, this is the "cbs evening news" with katie couric. >> couric: good evening, everyone. it is saturday morning in japan. the sun is up and the extent of the catastrophe is becoming painfully clear. it's been nearly 24 hours since a powerful earthquake touched of
earthquakes the world has ever seen. 8.9 quake hting japan overnight. the waves now barreling towards the u.s. pictures we are seeing out of japan are unimaginable. it's wave after wave literally swallowing up cars, boats and homes. some terrifying moments in an airport outside of tokyo when the quake hit. watch this video. now there is one report. you find the capital city of tokyo. that report that confirmed. but an earthquake of horrific proportions causing buildings to shake and the tsunami that followed. seldom have we seen images like this. welcome to "america's newsroom." martha: this quake struck just after 3:00 p.m. local time in japan while most of us were sleeping. this was the scene. unbelievably powerful waves crashing ashore causing wired spread destruction. there are massive fires being dealt with and a nuclear emergency. we have more details on that. bill: there was so much to watch and do have, we'll do our best it, the 7th largest earthquake ever record. it's the largest to hit japan. evacuations underway in several coastal towns. trace gallagher joins us with more on that
able to switch to backup, to on site diesel generators. remember, the earthquake that hit japan was offshore. the tsunami caused by the earthquake didn't hit shore until about an hour after the big quake. so at 2:46, after the quake, but before the tsunami, the reactor is shut down. right? and they lost power. but their on site generators were working to keep the thing cool. but then 55 minutes later at 3:41 local time, a second announcement came from that plant. now the backup generators were out, too. we don't know if they were knocked out by the tsunami, timing seems right, but the backup power source failed. then the daiichi was back to the battery powered. and that only lasts until the batteries hold out, if they can't be recharged. the stakes are high. if they cannot keep power onto keep water circulating through the cooling system around the nuclear core, it will evaporate the water around it, the core will be exposed, and it will melt down, and that is very bad. authorities initially evacuated a two mile radius around the plant. then extended that evacuation area to six
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that struck japan which is higher than some pacific islands and could rush right over them. first waves are expected to hit hawaii at 8:00 a.m. eastern time this morning. that's 8:00 eastern, 3:00 a.m. local time. there have been evacuations from coastal areas. civil defense sirens sounded at about 10:00 p.m. local time across hawaii. fires triggered by the earthquake in japan, also burning out of control. just incredible pictures here up and down the coast, including one at an oil refinery according to the country's prime minister, there is, quote, major damage in northeastern japan, but nuclear power facilities in the area were not damaged we're told and there has been no radiation leakage. this is video of when the earthquake hit. truck struck at 2:46 p.m. local time. followed by 12 powerful of taker shocks oig, seven of them measures at least 6.3. that is the size of the earthquake that struck new zealand just last month.that is earthquake that struck new zealand just last month.measure. that is the size of the earthquake that stck new zealand just last month. sean ibara joining us.
in this story. >>> that frantic battle to contain a nuclear situation growing more serious by the moment. japan is asking the u.s. for help and a very, very small particle of radiation has reached the united states. japan just raised the level of this nuclear incident from a 4 to a 5, although other experts had already pegged it at a 6 on the scale of 7. nuclear experts have been saying for days, japan is underplaying this crisis. here are the official numbers. 6,539 people are dead. of course that number has been climbing steadily. right now, another 10,354 people still missing. as japan struggles to deal with the aftermath of this disaster, 410,000 people are living in shelters or with friends because they have no homes to go to or had to leave the contamination zone. take a look at this new video. it is the closest look we had at japan's troubled fukushima nuclear complex. it's the reason why many people are leaving. a diplomat just told the associated press that a miniscule levels of radiation have reached california's coast. although he says it's, quote, about a billion times beneath level
advice that people can give. we heard that from authorities there in japan saying to people, make your way to higher ground if at all possible. if you're inside a building, try to get out of that building and evacuate because these aftershocks and the tsunamis, they are the deadly mechanism that comes after this initial 8.9 magnitude quake. so we're continuing to watch this. i'm going to hand it over now to anna coren in hong kong. anna. >> thank you very much. let's continue our rolling coverage of this massive earthquake that has hit japan. let's turn to nhk and listen in. >> it has been revised to 8.8. the quake caused tremors with a 7, the maximum scale of 0 to 7. strong tremors were found in many parts of the country including tokyo. tsunamis continue to wash ashore. a devastating tsunami reached over 7 meters. major tsunami alerts of waves remain in place for many other parts of the country. >> extensive damage has been reported. miyagi has been hit. many people are missward a tsunami up to 7 meters tall swept through low coastal-lying areas. the airport is also submerged. people
where you left off. more than ever, when we talk about the nightmare in japan, we're really talking about two nightmares. the nuclear one and everything else. again today, fire broke out at that devastated fukushima daiichi plant. and another blast of radiation escaped, for reasons still not entirely clear. the few remaining workers had to leave but they came right back in even greater numbers when the danger eased. this crisis stems from overheated fuel rods but elsewhere in japan, a cold snap, including snow, adding to the misery. searching, supporting, surviving, all of it is made more grueling because of the weather. officially the death toll topped 4,000, with more than 8,000 considered missing. this woman is scouring the rubble for her uncle. she thought she may have found his shoe. the nation heard from the emperor, reserveder pot direst of national emergencies. the emperor act key per act hes heart is broken. the volunteer utility workers who have been exposed to life-threatening radiation levels ots fukushima daiichi. their company hasn't released personal information abou
japan and the pacific, triggering a gigantic tsunami. entire islands wiped out. look at these incredible pictures of the giant wave as it rushes inland. buildings swept off their foundations. rivers changing direction. sweeping away cars, boats and people. the entire west coast, under a tsunami warning at this hour. this is a special edition of "good morning america," "tsunami in the pacific." >>> and good morning, america. that earthquake that hit japan overnight is just devastating. the largest in japan's history. 1,000-times more powerful than the quake that hit new zealand almost 3 weeks ago. the strongest in the world since the indian ocean earthquake of 2004. spider jets have been deployed to inspect quake damage. the entire country is under a state of emergency because of a failing power plant there. it is devastating. >> the magnitude of the earthquake was 8.9. it is huge. the biggest earthquake on record since they started keeping records in the early 1800s in japan. it's been followed by at least 19 massive aftershocks. many of which have been over 6.0 themselves. there are rep
for fitting us in. >>> and more on the disaster in japan straight ahead on "the daily rundown" with chuck and savannah, right now. >>> overnight, japan is reeling after the largest earthquake in its recorded history. it now pushes a tsunami across its shores and reports of several hundred are killed as the water sweeps away ships, vehicles, buildings, sparking fires, devastating coastal communities, and even threatening some nuclear plants over there. meanwhile, on this side of the pacific, waves are blanketing things, it's hitting hawaii this past hour and the west coast is now bracing for an impact later this morning. we have live reports. and we're going to hear from fema director right here ondale rundo daily rundown. >> let's get to the rundown. we will start with the breaking news out of japan. a catastrophic 8.9 earthquake in japan today. the largest earthquake in japan's recorded history. the latest death poll, the ap is reporting japanese police saying 200 to 300 bodies have been found in the northeastern coastal area. the quake sent tsunami waves barreling across the pacific, co
touched off a huge tsunami that swept across japan's east coast. the quake, a magnitude 8.89, was the fifth-largest in modern history. centered off japan's northeast coast, it was felt for 1,300 miles. very early reports say more than 400 people are dead. japan's kyoto news agency says the final number is expected to top one thousand. most of the victims drowned. nearly one thousand are reported injured, more than 500 are missing. and four million homes and businesses lost power. the first estimate of the damage: $10 billion. that damage includes a nuclear reactor in northeastern japan. radiation levels are soaring and the area is being evacuated. most flights between the u.s. and japan have been canceled, and there were fear it is tsunami would pound the u.s., but by the time the waves reached hawaii and the west coast this morning, they had lost most of their punch. president obama said he's heartbroken by the disaster. u.s. assistance is already on the way to japan. lucy craft is there. >> reporter: the monster quake, thought to be the largest in japan's history trigger
ever recorded. it sparked fires across japan, including the one you say. this is an oil refinery near tokyo. you have to worry about the flooding issue, a major problem in and around tokyo. there's still fires that are blazing out of control all over the place. tokyo, the surrounding states to it. i was watching on your broadcast some of the pictures. you had an airport that was up there. that was actually the airport that is a very, very new airport that was built, that's right on the ocean line there. that's why it was so devastated. >> we're showing the video that came into our newsroom a little while ago. you can see the pacific ocean in the background and the tsunami wave and this is mid wave, you can see if you're looking at h.d., screen left, part of the runway still not covered. don't exactly know where any of the airplanes are. maybe there was a bit of a warning. how long was the warning, tom, between the time the earthquake hit at 2:46 p.m. local time and it was an 8.9 magnitude. largest that started there in japan. how much warning between the earthquake hitting and the ts
'lin sana'a. rick: the president addressing the japan crisis during a news conference. >> i want to be very clear, we do not expect harmful levels of radiation to reach the united states, whether iting the west coast, hawaii, alaska, or u.s. territories in the pacific. rick: officials in japan are calling it a race against time. we have video for you of water being dropped into the overheating reactors at the fukushima plant. this is something that has not proven successful in the past. japan is raising the severity of the situation from a 4 to a 5. the government is acknowledging that it was overwhelmed and continues to be overwhelmed by the situation. gavin blair is on the phone from japan. i understand you are traveling to sendai, which is one of the areas hardest hit by this catastrophy. >> reporter: we just popped through the u.s. exclusion zone or the japanese he can collusion zone. it has been reclassified up to a 5. the chopper missions to drop water has had minimal effect on cool the plant. they tried hosing the plant with fire engines. but apparently the fire truck hoses couldn't
with breaking news out of japan. good evening, i'm dana king. >> a massive earthquake in japan. magnitude 8.8. those are live pictures of the tsunami that is rolling through cities and neighborhoods right now as it's happening. >> you can see in this water, there are buildings, there are rooftops, boats, vehicles, it's incredibly deep at this point. this quake struck just less than 90 minutes ago off the north eastern coast of japan. >> we've had seismograph, a tsunami watch is in effect. a tsunami watch is not as severe as a tsunami warning. we want to go to robert lyles who is monitoring the coverage. these are amazing pictures half way around the world. we are getting them live. entire cities are being inundated by water. >> you are watching tsunami waves. they swept into the city, where it is already 4:00 in the afternoon. now television cameras were rolling as those waves swept in from what is now an 8.8 magnitude quake. these waves cars, trucks, houses, even buildings. we stay live with these images. let me offer you background information. japan's agency is warning that a tsunami
>>> japan's triple tragedy. gruesome discoveries and multiple meltdowns now alarmingly possible. what can japan do to prevent a potential nuclear catastrophe? >>> coming up, the latest on the disaster in japan. plus, new stunning video of the tsunami's sudden fury. good morning, everyone. i'm alex witt. it's just past 11:00 a.m. eastern. 8:00 a.m. out west. we have three major stories developing in japan. up first, sobering words from japan's prime minister. he said earthquake and tsunami disaster is the nation's worst crisis since world war ii. meanwhile, the japanese government is warning that another hydrogen explosion could happen at a nuclear power plant reactor. workers now pumping sea water into the reactor to prevent a meltdown. more than 200,000 people have been forced to evacuate a 12 mile radius around the nuclear plants. japan's chief cabinet secretary says nine people have tested positive for high radiation levels on their skin and clothing. let's go live again to our london bureau where nbc is keeping track of all the latest developments. >> good morning, alex. it'
of japan. a massive 7.9 magnitude earthquake shaking buildings in tokyo. the pacific tsunami warning center say a tsunami warning is in effect for a large swath of the pacific. and the nation's weather agency is warning that a tsunami as high as 10 feet could hit the northeast coastline of japan. so far, there are no reports of any injuries. japan's been rocked by several earthquakes in recent days, including a 7.3 magnitude on wednesday. a massive 7.9 magnitude earthquake rocking japan. and there is a warning that a tsunami that could be as high as 10 feet could hit the country's northeast coastline. stay with fox news for more. back to "on the record." rush it betweeny four hours? why did you have to split the bill last night? could it have waited a week? >> i think we have seen that democrats are eager, especially on the senate level to abandon what the taxpayers demanded on november 2nd. that is, we balance our budget and not continue to kick the can down the road and let this responsibility rest at the feet of our children, sons and daughters in the state of wisconsin. i know refinanci
're not sure exactly what's happening right now at a crippled nuclear plant in japan but it looks like things are getting a lot worse. >> reporter: cal state orders all of the students study in japan to come home. how the uc policy differs drastically. that and more. "mornings on 2" starts right now. >>> good morning. i'm dave clark. >> i'm tori campbell. >>> there's some rain showers coming down. let's get right to steve. >>> well, it's ended now. it's more drizzly, light rain. there's not a lot going on. the computer shows the system moving through. there will be drier air coming in behind that. we're not done yet. there is a little bit of rain towards the east bay but everything seems to be falling apart. towards the south bay there's been light showers, back to the mountains. peninsula, things are on dry side. as we go out wide, you can see there's nothing out in the north bay. >> the roads are wet. so sal has an update on that. >>> this is on the border of orinda and la fayette. this has traffic backed up all the way out to walnut creek. that's a good long way. it's backed up past the ha
'm bill hemmer. welcome back, alisyn. alisyn: i'mal lynn cam rata in for martha. >> northern japan was hit by a massive magnitude 9.0 earthquake. i feel deep in my heart as i see the conditions in the affected area. i'm concerned about the nuclear situation because it's unpredictable. with the help of those involved i hope things will not get worse. bill report emperor is in his as it and he's rarely seen on television. show you where we are right now. northeast of tokyo, 200 miles, the fukushima plant in an animation we put together to show you what's happening on the inside as it runs north to the south. you will see the four reactors at this plants in question. there were 6 reactors under consideration but for sake of this purpose we'll show you reactor number 1, 3, and 4. 1, 2, 3 were online when the quake and same rolled through. number 4 was offline. about it was rolling with spent nuclear fuel. then we can show you where we are today. that's what they looked like 7 days ago. on this map here, this was taken two days ago. the four reactors are on the screen. this is number 4, and num
killed, but some fear the death toll -- >>> a massive and historic earthquake hits japan, and it is creating devastation across the country this morning. >> the pictures are just astounding. a massive wall of water pushing aside everything in its path. farmland flooded for miles, dragging along homes, cars, boats. these are some of the most stunning pictures as you see that wall of water just washing over farmland far inland from the coast of japan. good morning. this is special coverage this morning of "american morning" on this friday, march 11th. it's 5:00 a.m. on the east coast. 7:00 p.m. in tokyo. we're following breaking news in japan after an 8.9 magnitude quake hits and triggers a massive 13-foot tsunami. >> the rescue operation is under way right now, but also happening right now a lot of warnings are in place, tsunami warnings for at least 20 countries. and hawaii and the west coast of the u.s. under warnings as well. let me tell you about this quake. a devastating one, one of the most powerful earthquakes ever recorded. it was an 8.9 magnitude quake. it hit off
in the se sendai area. magnitude 8.4. one of the largest earthquakes ever to hit japan. major earthquake hit japan on friday afternoon. the quake measured magnitude 8.4. agency has issued a tsunami warning for japan's pacific coast. but as you can see, live coverage of miyagi prefecture area. tsunami waves of over four meters were observed soon after the quake. the agency is warning that tsunami could reach between 6 and 10 meters. tsunamis come in several waves. for those of you who are listening to this program, if you're along the coast, please do stay away, and move to higher ground immediately. you're seeing live coverage of miyagi prefecture in the sendai area. the quake, 8.4, from 7.9. one of the worst earthquakes ever in japanese history. it's a 7 on the japanese seismic scale of 0 to 7. that is the same size earthquake as the one that hit the great honshu area in 1995. fires breaking out as you can see. live coverage -- >> welcome back, everyone. lynn berry here in new york. if you're just tuning on the east coast, 4:00 a.m., 4:00 p.m. local time in tokyo, japan, where we are bringi
at a nuclear plant in the earthquake-devastated region of japan. the japanese government is confirming a radiation leak has happened. and they are fighting against a nuclear meltdown. we have a live report for you from tokyo ahead. >> the massive earthquake triggering a ripple effect across the pacific hitting hawaii and governor brown if california call for a state of emergency along the northern coast including in santa cruz. >> in japan, the third largest producer of nuclear power and how trouble at the nuclear reactor could devastate global markets. friend friend hour two begins right now. >> good morning, everyone, thank you for joining us. and now you need to say glued to the show for three hours because there is so much breaking news including what is going on in japan. they are racing to prevent a meltdown after an explosion at the largest nuclear plant. the nation is getting a look at the destruction. you can see the images. >> these are new images as crews are getting out to assess the damage. adam housley is on the ground in tokyo assessing what is going on. tokyo is the sta
noticeable, has yet to be seen. >> japan's east coast, hit with a 23-foot tsunami, shortly after the quake struck. police along the country's northeast coast, report finding the bodies of two to three hundred people, japan railways working to find a missing passenger train. while the government reports the giant wave swept away a ship, carrying about 100 people. >> unfortunately we expect to get more reports like those, 8.9 magnitude quake is japan's worst on record as we say, one of the worst in world history. and rocked cities hundreds of miles from epicenter an spawned dozens and dozens, as we hear it of aftershocks. >> look at one of japan's three nuke we're power plants, that are having some problems right now, the worst in the city of onahana where police ordered evacuations where a fire disabled a cooling system there. no reports of radiation leaking, secretary of state hillary clinton says the u.s. is sending coolant. >> there are fires as well, though, burning across the region with several major explosions, and japanese oil an chemical plants, you are looking at one over the oil
, we'll bring that to you live. in japan today here, the focus really is on this number 3 reactor. that is where we saw the video. you see it here of these helicopters dropping water. sea water in this attempt to cool it off and prevent a possible meltdown. tokyo electric or tepco is in this desperate rush to build a power line so the fukushima daiichi plant can power up its cooling systems once again. later on in this newscast, i'll be speaking with a man, an american man who was inside one of the facility, actually in a building next to one of the reactors working when the quake hit last friday. >> cracks were opening up on the ground. i looked over at the buildings around me and glass was breaking, lights, sirens, people screaming. >> can you imagine? he's a software engineer there for a couple weeks working on the power plant's computers. he has not spoken to cn nyet. but he will on this tram. we will also check in with our team in tokyo where shrinking supplies of food and gases are a growing concern. >>> a lot of ground to cover here. right off the bat, i want to show you so
we are approaching 9:00 a.m. across japan and we're expecting official word from the japanese leadership. and brand new account from north and east of the country. we'll be back at 7:00 eastern time, 6:00 central for the fox report. right now it's "special report" with my man bret baier with politics, fair and balanced. >> bret: a massive earthquake strikes japan. how is the u.s. responding? now there are concerns about nuclear power plants there. president obama says the noose is tightening around muammar gaddafi but events may suggest otherwise. saudi day of rage, did it materialize? live from the studio in washington. this is "special report." good evening. i'm bret baier. the u.s. and the rest of the world are mobilizing tonight to assist japan, following a massive earthquake and tsunami early this morning. the magnitude 8.9 offshore quake unleashed a 23-foot tsunami. hundreds are believed dead and that number could rise. japan says the power inside the nuclear plant is 1,000 times than the normal level. they lost control over pressure in reactors. waves hit hawaii and the
>> top story japan. the latest set of libya they have closed airspace to all traffic. >> live from the bay area news station this is the kron 4 morning news. >> i'm just teen it is finally friday march 18th, a big storm system that are we right now let's get the very latest. >> james: we have traffic moving well, it is getting what on the roadways. our assignment manager is saying it wasn't wet when he woke up but now is getting wet. lets take a quick look at the storm trucker for. a lot of rain to our north. the lower sections of it starting to bring in the rain. heavy stuff north of san rosa coming our way, we have a decent selling for san francisco right now. i took the measurement of the rainfall rates, we are in the half inch per hour range. it is tracking in general from the north to the south although there is the west-east slant to it. keep track of that and we will let you know how and tetzel's ranch chores are. the peninsula also seen light grain right now. we are seeing a flood watch now in affect for solano county. this flood watch is in effect until sunday night, frida
>> also this morning, an explosion releasing dangerous levels of radiation in japan. >> new report being released accuses top officials of the huge public employee pension fund of corruption. they illegally spent $180 million of the pension's money. a little rain and more on the way. we'll tell you about that coming up. >> let's talk about that. i'm kristen sze. hello. it could be a little damp coming and going today. >> yeah, both ways. >> absolutely. we've got moist flow right now. mild temperatures when you step outside. that is leading to showers, live doppler, best around marin county. everybody covered in at least radar returns this morning. so the north bay getting the lighter rain. we're talking about couple hundredths of an inch but enough to make everything wet. we do have radar returns around san ramon, danville, heading to palo alto over towards milpitas. big picture will show all this is coming ashore and more up to the north with a cold front that will be pushed our way. this is just the beginning. here is frances. >> we are starting off with a live shot in the north
's first from fox this friday night. we're getting a look at the day after in japan now. and we're getting an idea of the enormous devastation there after the massive earthquake shoocket northeastern part of that country and a major tsunami then drowned it. police say hundreds of people are already confirmed dead. entire neighborhoods in ruins or under water. at least four entire passenger trains missing. officials at a nuclear power plant are trying to prevent a meltdown and dozens of powerful after shocks are rippling across the country. the mega quake hit in the middle of japan friday. it carried magnitude of .. that makes it nearly 8,000 times more powerful than the that's correct devastated new zealand last month. cameras captured the moment it struck. pieces of buildings plummeting to the street as people run for their lives. in a newsroom right near the quake's epicenter cabinets and computers rocked wildly and fell to the floor. almost immediately the earthquake spawned enormous tsunami. witnesses say it was as high as 30 feet in some areas. and you see it racing into the coast an
bye-bye. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ >>> this morning on "early today," high anxiety. japan pulls emergency workers from its crippled nuclear power plant after a surge in radiation. >>> dealing with disaster, a new study reveals how prepared is the u.s. to deal with a major nuclear emergency. >>> and ways of power, newly surfaced video shows the force of friday's tsunami as it hits the oregon coastline. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation, including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry. today, we begin with melting point. a skeleton crew working to prevent an all-out meltdown at the fukushima nuclear plant were forced out of the facility for nearly an hour today. it was following a dangerous spike in radiation that japanese authorities feared was a risk to workers' lives. nbc's dan shenaman reports. >> reporter: authorities in japan have worked to avert a tragedy. the work has centered on damage to the machine four reactor where spent rods were being stored in pools of water. sea water has been pumped
>>> right now on "andrea mitchell reports," president obama promising full support to japan as it tries to avert nuclear disaster and cope with the unfolding humanitarian crisis in wake of friday's deadly quake. this hour, can a nuclear meltdown be avoided? engineers are more troubled today than ever about that crippled nuclear react or. we talk with congressman ed markey sounding the alarm for stricter safeguards. >>> experts say the big one is coming to california. are the officials there ready. >>> in libya gadhafi forces expand strikes against rebels on the front. secretary of state hillary clinton arrives in paris to talk with european counterparts about imposing a no-fly zone. >>> labor fight. is the challenge over bargaining rights about to head to court? >>> i'm norah o'donnell live in washington. andrea is on assignment. we begin in japan where the humanitarian disaster is compounded by the potential for a nuclear nightmare. 250,000 doses of iodine are being distributed to evacuees as a defense to radiation. it follows explosions at two nuclear reactors, a third is
in libya. also breaking news on the deteriorating situation in japan. so welcome, once again, to "american morning." it's been a week now since all of this happened. the tsunami, the earthquake, the number of dead in japan continuing to rise as hopes fade of finding any more survivors amid the rubble. in the meantime, the radiation concerns are spreading, as well. crews are now desperately trying to cool down fuel at one nuclear reactor. the number of dead has climbed to 6,500 people. and the search grows more frantic with 10,000 people still missing. >>> turning to fast-moving developments in libya, stopping gadhafi. britain, france, and the u.s. are scrambling to enforce a no-fly zone over libya now that the u.n. security council has authorized all necessary measures. cnn international correspondent nic robertson is live in tripoli. good morning, nic. >> reporter: good morning, christine. well, we've already heard from the deputy foreign minister here who says he doesn't expect immediate air strikes here, but wouldn't say what preparations the army or anyone else in the country may be ta
earthquake of historic proportions. you're seeing pictures from inside parliament in japan. and you see the shaking going on. but we have a two-prong disaster. it's not just the massive earthquake that's def tvastatin the country right now. >> that's right, the pictures are astounding. this massive wall of water pushing everything aside in its path. look at these cars. you see them bobbing up and down. and this is about 60 miles north of tokyo, northeast in a farming area. and this incredible tsunami wave just rolling through taking everything in its path, farmland flooded for miles dragging along homes, cars, and boats. and we have all of this covered this morning. we're getting new details by the minute on this special edition of "american morning." thanks for being with us. it's friday, march 11th. i'm kiran chetry. >> i'm t.j. holmes. it's 8:00 right now in tokyo with a massive rescue effort is underway right now. again, we told you this is a two-prong disaster. there was the initial 8.9 magnitude quake. that is a historic earthquake. one of the fifth largest since 1900. one of the
-ft. worth airports, radiation levels, thankfully low, have been picked up on passengers returning from japan. but the battle and the focus remain on the fukushima station and its crippled reactors. reactor number three, the scene of aerial water bombardment today, brave crew members dropped sea water in a desperate attempt to cool what is being describes as the single greatest threat. the fukushima six reactors, reactor three is the only one housing a mixed fuel known as mox, short for mixed oxide, a material made of reclaimed plutonium, the release of which would pose far more devastating effects than weave seen thus far. reactor four and its lack of water set off the biggest rift between nuclear authorities in the united states and japan. the u.s. believes the situation there is far worse than the japanese counterparts concede. the rift has led to a mini exodus of americans and others within japan. let's go now to nbc's chief environmental affairs correspondent, anne thompson. authorities in japan have just announced they may be close to restoring power to a stricken reactor, that's reacto
>>> we've been showing you all kinds of destruction in japan. that's a little shaking, mud-spattered cocker span yell in the sendai area. he watched over his injured friend since the tsunami destroyed his home. rescue crews took both dogs to a vet for treatment. >>> candy crowley is anchors "the situation room." >>> now, breaking news. urgent new teams to cool down an overheated reactor. now the u.s. government is stepping in to evacuate possibly thousands of americans from the country and get them away from any nuclear danger. secretary of state hillary clinton tells our wolf blitzer she's worried about the health and saved of americans in japan even as she heads home from tunis tunisia. i'm candy crowley, you're in "the situation room." nuclear experts say the new attempt to douse an overheated reactor has been somewhat effective. helicopters, fire trucks and police water cannons all have been deployed. we are told that radiation levels dipped, but they are still high, so the frarchtic work to prevent a full-scale meltdown goes on. cnn's anna coren is nil tokyo. just brin
>>> the death toll rises in japan amid the quake and tsunami devastation. today, worries are growing about the crisis at nuclear plants. >>> in just minutes, local leaders will be meeting to discuss the disaster situation in japan. we'll show you how you can help. >>> as the damage cleanup resumes today in santa cruz, we now have this video of the moment the surge of waves hit the harbor. that story and more on ktvu channel 2 news at noon. >>> good afternoon. topping our news, the u.s. is stepping up relief efforts to help japan recover from last week's massive earthquake and tsunami. the death toll also continues to rise and concern is growing over the threat of a possible nuclear plant meltdown. craig boswell begins our coverage with this report. >> reporter: just days after the devastating and deadly earthquake and tsunami in japan, help is arriving. two u.s. search and rescue teams are on the ground to assist operations from dozens of other countries. 75-member u.s. teams include at least 12 rescue dogs from los angeles. >> the united states will continue to offer any
to the bay area's response to japan. live in santa cruz. >> well, there are several road closures around this area, kristen. also the beach boardwalk and wharf behind me are closed and the damage it mounting. take a look at this dramatic video from sky 7. we have had several tsunami surges come into the yacht harbor. the first before 8:00 this morning and the damage as you can see is pretty significant. at least five boats are sunk. many are slammed into the dock by these tide changes. pieces of pilings are floating in the water and being sucked out to sea. a lot of this damage right now just property damage. fortunately no injuries to report. people have flocked to cal state beach where the tsunami tide activity was especially dramatic. >> it just sucked way out like a superlow tide over the course of about five minutes and it's doing it again right now. this is the third one. could be the big one. >> this is the second time i've seen a tsunami here in santa cruz. when i was 13-year-old i saw the one in 1964 and it did exactly the same thing. the water retreated first. >> it was unbelie
area's response to japan. live in santa cruz. >> well, there are several road closures around this area, kristen. also the beach boardwalk and wharf behind me are closed and the damage it mounting. take a look at this dramatic video from sky 7. we have had several tsunami surges come into the yacht harbor. the first before 8:00 this morning and the damage as you can see is pretty significant. at least five boats are sunk. many are slammed into the dock by these tide changes. pieces of pilings are floating in the water and being sucked out to sea. a lot of this damage right now just property damage. fortunately no injuries to report. people have flocked to cal state beach where the tsunami tide activity was especially dramatic. >> it just sucked way out like a superlow tide over the course of about five minutes and it's doing it again right now. this is the third one. could be the big one. >> this is the second time i've seen a tsunami here in santa cruz. when i was 13-year-old i saw the one in 1964 and it did exactly the same thing. the water retreated first. >> it was unbelievable to w
>>> also, new nuclear concerns in japan that there is a direct connection to the u.s. navy. >>> it's been an anxious morning for some b.a.r.t. comcommuters -- commuters. >>> right now, hundreds of bay area community college students and their supporters are heading north to the state's capitol. "mornings on 2" starts now. >>> well, good morning to you. i'm dave clark. >> i'm tori campbell. it's monday, march 14th. >>> just hours ago, b.a.r.t. took -- took care of one problem. >> sal has more on the coverage. >> what happened? >> the system is running well. allie rasmus has more. >> reporter: well, right now, there are delays of trains coming in san francisco. at the concord station. that brought the strain line and traffic to a complete standstill. news chopper 2 was overhead when it happened. b.a.r.t. officials still don't know why that derailment happened. crews worked overnight to remove the derailed tank -- train. at 4:00 a.m. this morning, the work was complete and selves was restored. back out here live, there were delays. when we talked to commuters this morning, they are re
, a nuclear one. partial meltdowns may already be happening at two reactors in japan. four more are at serious risk. nearly 200,000 people are evacuated. there are reports that some people are already sick. the government is planning to hand out special tablets to protect people, especially children, from cancer. >>> now we're getting word that the prime minister is calling this japan's greatest hardship since world war ii. it's a situation that is changing by the second. as we said, the japanese government admits there may be a partial meltdown happening at two reactors at one nuclear facility in the quake zone. they're warning that another explosion similar to yesterday's could be imminent. so far, no reports of massive radiation leaks. the situation remains unstable. people within a 12-mile radius are being evacuated. take a look at this. the photo that says just so much. a small child being scanned for exposure to radiation. that's probably not the only child that will have to go through that. >> absolutely not. has to be scary and confusing for children there. this is an unprecedented man
you next fox news sunday. >> a fox urgent tsunami warning issued for japan. after a 6.5 magnitude earthquake has hit off shore. this coming from the japan meteorology agency, the tsunami could be 1.6 feet and as we know, the size is deceiving when it comes in and how the wave comes in and how much it can take when it goes back out. dominique dei-natale with the latest on this. >> reporter: harris, it happened just 30 minutes ago. the details we have at the off the coast, which is supposed to be fukushima nuclear plant having the problems from the results of the tsunami and earthquake. and taking the height, 1.6 as well, but it's not about the height of the wave it's actually the back distance of the wave, how high it is, and goes back, and the force that it will bring it it hits shore. we haven't had confirmation whether the tsunami has happened, but probably in at that area, as result of the march tsunami. the wave touched in and big enough (inaudible) it will just drag even more around and the recovery process going on up there, particularly difficult. and where the united stat
for the first time, and we're learning that the death toll in japan could be exponentially higher than initial estimates. in one state alone, they say there could be more than 10,000 dead. christiane amanpour covers it all from the air and from the ground along with our team of reporters caught in the aftershocks. >>> and compounding the natural disaster, a potential nuclear one. partial meltdowns may already be happening at two reactors in japan, and four more are at serious risk this morning. nearly 200,000 people have been evacuated. there are reports that some people are already sick, and now the government is planning to hand out special tablets to protect people, especially children, from cancer. >>> and just now we're getting word that the prime minister of japan is calling this japan's greatest hardship since world war ii. it's a situation that's changing by the second. as we said, the japanese government now admits that there may be partial meltdown happening at two reactors at one nuclear facility in the quake zone, and they are warning that another explosion similar to yesterday's c
rise and not knowing how widespread the waves may come >> we are told that the u.s. expects japan to ask for assistance from the military. the navy is not sitting around waiting for a formal request. they mobilized the ready groups that include the carriers and some 2,000 marines on the ships. quite frankly at least one of the ships, the uss blue ridge is in singapore started loading relief supplies on board in preparation for departure sometime tomorrow morning. this is enroute to japan. the uss tor tuga is loading uplanding craft that could be used to carry humanitarian relief and the marines on to shore where they are sorely needed. the uss ronald reagan group is only in that direction. one of the most important thing was to determine what kind of damage and what injury and most of the base are located in southern japan. the tsunami itself, there were no deaths or injured reported among personnel and damage to u.s. facilities was only minor. now the concentration is on preparing for the massive humanitarian relief needed for the people in that northern area of japan. >> i wante
>>> this morning on "early today," high anxiety. japan pulls emergency workers from its crippled nuclear power plant after a surge in radiation. >>> dealing with disaster, a new study reveals how prepared is the u.s. to deal with a major nuclear emergency. >>> and ways of power, newly surfaced video shows the force of friday's tsunami as it hits surfaced video shows the force of friday's tsunami as it hits the oregon coastline. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. i'm lynn berry. today, we begin with melting point. a skeleton crew working to prevent an all-out meltdown at the fukushima nuclear plant were forced out of the facility for nearly an hour today following a dangerous spike in radiation that authorities feared put their lives at risk. nbc chief science correspondent robert bazelle reports from tokyo. >> authorities here in japan say they have been serious problems again at the nuclear power plant, particularly in unit number three, which has been sort of kwieette for a while. it was a sharp spike in radiation. it was so sharp, the wor
japan crews are trying to prevent a nuclear melt down. u.s. officials are trying to calm the nerves of americas who fear radiation can reach the west coast. >> we don't expect it to reach the west coast. >> we have the latest developments from the nuclear power plant, plus how one government age agency is beefing up radiation detection. >> crews are working around the clock at the fukushima dai-ichi nuclear power plant. the crews are working to reconnect electricity to the cooling system to cool the rods. other crews are spraying and dumping water on the nuclear few. smoke can be seen from building number 2 right now. the cause is not known but a explosion hit the building on tuesday. it is possible the cooling chamber is damaged. low levels of radiation have been detected beyond tokyo, which is 140 miles south of the nuclear power plant. u.s. is warning americans to leave the country and the government is offering voluntary evacuations. today president obama spoke about the situation in japan. this is video of president obama visiting the japanese embassy. the president wrote a mes
from of japan's nuclear reactors. u.s. officials cannot expect the japanese to quickly regained control of the plan's fuel rods. dangerous levels of radiation. good evening, everybody. all lan security is saying that radiation levels from flights from japan, landing and chicago, n.y.. to have real activity, but not enough to be concerned about. - radioactivity. first, what steps are being taken? nuclear helicopters tons of water the pilots cannot get very close. only one of the drop hit the target. not much of an impact. later, soldiers used high-pressure fire trucks. and used that on number three for 30 minutes. 140 mi. away and tokyo the japanese are trying to flee their country. rolling blackouts, food and fuel supplies are low. the united states as it advised americans still stay 50 mi. away from the nuclear areas. the evacue evacuation process of americans out of japan. president obama is telling people not to worry about nuclear plum in our country. >> i want to be very clear that we do not expect harmful levels of radiation to reach the not states. or if it is the west coast, haw
. a professor from the tsunami research center in japan does these along with another professor at eri japan. we have seen a lot of those simulations that they have done. kenji's simulation was famous after the sumatra earthquake. but to see something like this really happen in realtime is really a first, to be honest with you. i don't know of anything like this at all. >> as i said earlier, this is the fifth most powerful earthquake in recorded psychological history which goes back 70 years. so you are not going to see anything like this. maybe every couple decades or so. we didn't have the kind of technology when these things occurred preif jusly and even in sumatra which wasn't that long ago, people were not as prepared as japan is as technologically to display this. this is a first. >> john, thank you so much. we are going to come back to you again. you have been great through all of this. we have been talking to you for the last couple hours. right now let's go to fox news meteorologist. we want to hear a little more about the tsunami warning, particularly the one in affect for hawaii that
's go back to dave and pam. >>> all right. thank you, sal. in japan helicopters are still dumping sea water on the earthquake damaged nuclear plant trying to prevent a meltdown. the helicopter crews can only work about 40 minutes at a time for their own safety to limit radiation exposure. now the head of the u.s. nuclear regulatory commission says there's no more water in one of the spent fuel pools at the plant. increasing the chance of widespread nuclear fallout. however, japanese officials deny that that pool is dry. the u.s. government is now chartering airplanes to help evacuate u.s. citizens from japan because of the rising radiation levels. voluntary evacuation to family members of government employees. >>> time now 5:01. scientists here on the west coast are closely watching the movement of the radioactive plume coming from the crippled japanese nuclear reactors. it's expected to hit the illusion islands south of alaska some time today. that plume is then expected to reach southern california late tomorrow. the health experts are emphasizing radiation levels are plunging as th
away in tokyo a meeting of japan's prime minister at parliament turned to utter chaos. >> they're showing a city now on japanese television that looks like it's almost completely on fire. >> sparked fires in homes across the country and an oil refinery, a nuclear power plant shut down but no radiation escaped. closed airports. japan's famous bullet train shut down stranding hundreds of commuters. and then, a 23-foot wall of water crashed ashore. the tsunami sweeping away everything in its path. small boats smashed to bits. cars upturned and bobbing in the water. ships smashing against each other in part and a report of a ship with 100 people swept away. here's the latest on the devastation now. police in japan say 200 to 300 bodies have been found in sendai, the city closest to the epicenter. japanese tv reports as many as 4 million buildings in tokyo and their surrounding suburbs without power. scientists now say this quake is the fifth largest in the world since 1900. and it's the largest ever recorded in japan. a little more than an hour ago the first waves hit the u.s. main
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